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to the letter sent out at the workforce at the cia. he met with president obama yesterday to see if he would accept his eresignation a director. he showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in that affair. him and his wife were together 37 years and he said that type of behavior is unacceptable as a husband and a leader of the cia. he's held the position of director since congress confirmed him last september, prior to that he led u.s. forces in both iraq and afghanistan. petraeus said the president accepted his resignation this afternoon. the president issued a statement a short time ago that read "i am completely confident that the cia will continue to thrive and carry out its position. going forward my thoughts and prayers are with dave and holly petraeus who has done so much to help military families through her own work. i wish them the very best at this difficult time." he was slated to testify next week on the deadly attack of the u.s. embassy and benghazi, libya. no word if that resignation will have any impact on that in absence, the current director will serve as director. much mo
around cia director petraeus. >> there is new information about the affair that ended the retired general's career at the cia. and there are growing questions about how and when the president and top congressional leaders were notified about the unfolding scandal. danielle lee has the latest. >> reporter: lawmakers are criticizing the fbi for initially keeping secret, an investigation that led to the downfall of former cia director david petraeus. >> to have someone out there in such a sensitive position, who the fbi thought perhaps could have been compromised or under the scope of an fbi investigation who may or may not have been having an afarp at the time, that had to have been brought to the president, or certainly to the security council. >> reporter: government officials say the investigation started out months ago with the potential case of cyber harassment. jill kelly, a friend of petraeus, said she was receiving anonymous threatening e-mails. the fbi traced it to paula broadwell, and discovered she and petraeus had had an afir. a former spokesman for petraeus said this of the rel
chance of rai that we've got coming our way. i'll have the details. >>> former cia director david petraeus told lawmakers today what he knew about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and he told lawmakers that the intelligence community chose not to disclose the al qaeda connection to the attack in order to avoid tipping off the terrorists. steve handelsman joins us now live from capitol hill with the special treatment congress gave to the retired general today. >> reporter: this is the big set of hearings, hi, jim, from the hill tonight. republicans are still charging that somebody played politics with what the public was told about benghazi. but petraeus testified that langly didn't do that. former cia director david petraeus kept out of sight until he got home. lawmakers had cleared the way for him to get to the closed-door hearing without walking through halls. a favorite of the general who apologized to lawmakers for his affair. petraeus testified the cia figured immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the sufficient consulate in benghazi, killing the u.s. ambassa
closed hearings where the cia shared classified information with lawmakers. steve handelsman is on capitol hill this afternoon. steve, what did they learn? >> reporter: pat, thanks, good evening. according to one democrat, who attended one of those two closed-door sessions here up on the hill, the cia threw a politically important lifeline to obama, u.n. ambassador dr. susan rice. but the overall issue remains highly political, highly partisan. even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain, who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> and for the president of the united states, for two weeks afterwards, to deny that that was the case, is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: susan rice denied it, infuriating republicans. acting cia director mike morerel on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice, that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on. >> that this was a spontaneous protest tha
. >>> the plot thickens. new names are now coming out in that scandal involving former cia director david petraeus. it all began with his having an affair with paula broadwell. investigators say she sent threatening e-mails to jill kelley, a petraeus family friend. now the pentagon is looking into thousands of e-mails between kelley and general john allen. live on capitol hill with more on another twist. how shirtless photos from an fbi agent are now playing into this scandal. steve? >> put that one last, jim. since it is but clearly the least important. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, is not over there tonight. coincidencely, he is here in washington for hearings that had been scheduled tomorrow on what allen still hopes will be his next job. he is just in time for his reputation to be called into question. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, was on track to be nato commander until disclosure that he is under investigation by the pentagon. jill kelley, a socialite in tampa and general allen allegedly exchanged e-mails and documents suspected of being ina
keeping secrets. but he praised his ex-cia chief. >> we're safer because of the work that dave petraeus has done. >> reporter: issue two was the fiscal cliff and taxes. >> what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for people who don't need it. >> reporter: republicans demand no rate hike. can there be a deal finally to cut deductions and raise what the rich pay in taxes. >> i recognize we're going to have to compromise. as i said on election night, compromise is hard. >> reporter: issue three, libya. four americans dead in benghazi. republicans today demanded a new investigation and warned the president not to nominate u.n. ambassador susan rice as his new secretary of state. after rice claimed benghazi was a riot gone wrong. go after me, the president demanded. >> to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> reporter: mostly he came across mellow. a victor reaching out to his opponents. and with both sides rlly not very far apart on taxes, the president clearly hopes his reelection will tip the balance. get him a few republican votes. and the kind of deal he wants to avoi
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